Associate Professor Kindra Steenerson is originally from Southern California. She earned her MFA in Performance/Directing from Utah State University, where her training was largely informed by Stanislavsky, Adler, and Bogart’s Viewpoints. As a professional she has extensively studied Meisner, physical approaches to acting (Laban, stage combat, and Rasaboxes), and has trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice in NYC. Locally, Kindra appeared as The Angel in Angels in America at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. Other favorite roles include Hecuba in The Trojan Women, Lady Caroline in Enchanted April, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. She has directed over forty shows, and counts On the Verge (for Catawba College) Spring Awakening, Southern Girls, Medea, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) among her recent favorites.
Kindra’s research interests are using physical theatre to heal trauma, Meisner, feminist theory and pedagogy, and how to use theatre techniques to engage in community discussions about diversity. Kindra has presented papers and workshops at state, regional, and national conferences, and is currently the Executive Director of SAGE Acts, offering diversity training and consulting services in Charlotte.